As we noted previously, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) has a history of statements and deeds in support of violent jihadists. Now, additional evidence of the organization's extremism has surfaced from its Southern California branch.
The group's web page featured hadiths calling on Muslims to fight against non-Muslims. The offending passages were captured at the Americans Against Hate website. Among the postings:
"May Allah fight the jews and the christians. They took the graves of their Prophets as places of prostration. Two deens [religions] shall not co-exist in the land of the Arabs."
In addition to isolated religious statements endorsing violence and hate, ICNA SC's website contained sophisticated Islamist manuscripts such as Yusuf Al-Qaradawi's Priorities of the Islamic Movement in the Coming Phase. This text expresses the importance of "the liberation of Palestine" through war. Quotes from the website link the cause of Jihad everywhere, stating:
"The Islamic Movement should consider itself at the beck and call of every Islamic cause, responding to every cry for help wherever that cry may come from."
Priorities also states that Palestine "is the first and foremost Islamic cause, and its liberation is the first and foremost duty, as the Afghan Mujahideen themselves believe." In addition, it states:
"…jihad is fard ayn [a general obligation] for the Muslims living on the land and that all the Muslims must support them with money, arms, and men as required until all their land has been liberated from any aggressor who usurps it."
After stating its support for rallying to this cause and any other jihad in the world, the website carried Priorities' endorsement of Hamas:
"The [Islamic] revolution... has been crystallized in the steadfast, brave, aware Islamic resistance movement 'Hamas'... Hamas is an embodiment of the Palestinian People's belief in its Muslim and Arab origins, and a testimony that this people is still alive and will never die and that its jihad will be carried on by pure hands and clean hearts until victory is achieved with the will of Allah."
ICNA is among the groups promising to combat homegrown radicalism in the wake of the arrests of five D.C.-area Muslim men in Pakistan. The young men, who attended an ICNA center outside Washington, wanted to join the jihad against American soldiers in Afghanistan.
ICNA claims that "Extremism has no place in Islam, and ICNA works tirelessly to oppose extremist and violent ideology." If ICNA doesn't believe that calling for violence against Jews and Christians is a problematic form of extremism, then there's not much left to say.